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Eat Better to Sleep Better

Eating a high-fat diet may lead to a poor night’s sleep, new study finds.

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Want a better night’s sleep? Eating a healthy diet may help, according to a new study.

Researchers tracked the eating and sleep habits of more than 780 men for about a year.

41% of the participants reported daytime sleepiness. 47% reported poor sleep quality at night.

Men with the highest fat intake were more likely to feel sleepy during the day and to experience sleep problems at night. They were also more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, a chronic condition where breathing pauses or becomes shallow.

One study author says poor sleep means you have less energy, which is known to increase cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods that can lead to sleep problems. “So the poor diet-and-sleep pattern can become a vicious cycle."

She says the message here is simple… eat better to sleep better.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… with the information you need to protect your health.